Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews had one of the worst injuries a basketball player can suffer, at one of the worst times. Matthews tore his Achilles this season in a contract year, which could impact him financially moving forward.
While Matthews isn't deterred by the injury, he is making the point that he still wants and deserves a multi-year deal, despite any questions the injury might have raised.
Matthews' wish list boils down to three main factors: Money, winning and an increased offensive role.
He is adamant that he wants a multi-year deal — the Blazers can sign him to as many as five years, while other teams can sign him for four — not so much because he wants to cash in and gain security, but more to show teams he believes in himself.
"If I wanted to sign a one-year deal right now, I think I would be giving teams the wrong feeling, sending the wrong message," Matthews says. "I want them to know I'm endorsing myself … that I know I'm fine."